Cosmetic Research Department
Pursuit of "Internal and External Beauty" Utilizing Lactic Acid Bacteria Fermentation Technology
The Cosmetic Research Department conducts evidence-based research and development on new cosmetics based on dermatology and microbiology.
In addition, it carries out technical research on the blending of cosmetic ingredients in emulsions, etc.
- Development research into new cosmetic materials
- Basic research into internal and external beauty and application in material evaluation
- Research into formulation technologies and application in products
Research on New Cosmetic Materials Based on Dermatology and Microbiology
The Cosmetic Research Department searches for physiologically active substances for the skin that are produced by microbes and have moisturizing, whitening, antioxidizing and anti-glycation effects, based on dermatology and lactic acid bacteria research. Moreover, it develops original substances with enhanced properties using fermentation engineering. In addition, it also engages in research on the connection between the functions of microbes on the surface of the skin and skin condition.
Yakult's Original Technological Development for Cosmetics and Research on Commercialization
It also develops formulation technologies for creams, lotions and milky lotions to blend cosmetic ingredients that utilize beneficial microbes such as lactic acid bacteria and yeast, and natural substances. In addition, it applies formulation technology that utilizes physical chemistry and surface chemistry in the formulation of emulsifiers and lamellar vesicles which require a careful balance in blending.
The lamellar-structured lipids (lamellar vesicles), which reproduce the stratum corneum lipid that make up healthy beautiful skin using formulation technology, are used in the company's top cosmetic line (Parabio) which has antiaging functions. The lamellar vesicles retain a stable state in the products, and the technology that allows the products to permeate the stratum corneum layer of the skin was born from a combination of many years of dermatological research and the latest formulation technology.
Researching the concept of "Internal and External Beauty" in the Aim to Make Beautiful Skin
The concept of utilizing beneficial microorganisms for human health is consistent in the development of food products, pharmaceutical products, and cosmetics. Yakult's original skin care theory, based on the useful microbe research that started with Dr. Shirota's idea that "lactic acid bacteria function to protect the gut mucosa and the skin", is utilized in a lactic acid bacteria fermentation extract (S.E.: Shirota Essence), which comprises similar moisturizing agents as those found in the skin.
The Cosmetic Research Department aims to conduct research and development under the theme of "internal and external beauty" to create healthy beauty from both the inner and outer sides of the body.